“You are a much stronger swimmer in this sea of life than you may realize.” – Robert Allen
The counsellor relationship is one based on building trust and a collaborative partnership. Your expectations or what you hope to get out of counselling will guide the process. My intention is to work with the strengths and interests that each person brings to the process of awareness and change. One of my strengths as a counsellor is to form a genuine connection between myself and my clients of any age. It is always my primary goal to create a safe, nurturing, engaging, and hopeful environment for clients.
I have studied numerous approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. I draw upon modalities focussed on traditions rooted in ancient wisdom to contemporary neuroscience. I utilize a mindful and intuitive approach, along with evidence-based counselling modalities, to assist my clients with the goals and hopes they have identified for counselling. The counselling plan that is created by the client and myself matches the goals, personality, and unique perspective of the client. I have extensive experience utilizing the following counselling approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including Mindfulness based CBT Solution Focussed Therapy
- EMDR trained therapist
- Non-violent Communication (NVC)
- Narrative Therapy
- Family Systems and Satir Based family therapy; Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Somatic and body oriented counselling
- Health Psychology practices such as nature based counselling and movement therapy
- Psycho-spiritual practices
- Psycho-education and skills building; this is an important part of my work with youth, parents, and families. Practical skills and strategies can help to improve things such as a person’s adaptive responses to situations and help with emotional regulation.